By Jochen Böhler, Robert Gerwarth
This is often the 1st systematic pan-European research of the loads of millions of non-Germans who fought - both voluntarily or below other kinds of pressures - for the Waffen-SS (or auxiliary police formations working within the occupied East). construction at the findings of local experiences by means of different students - a lot of them incorporated during this quantity - The Waffen-SS goals to reach at a fuller photograph of these non-German voters (from jap in addition to Western Europe) who served below the SS flag. the place did the non-Germans within the SS come from (socially, geographically, and culturally)? What inspired them? What can we find out about the practicalities of foreign collaboration in warfare and genocide, by way of lifestyle, language, and ideological education? Did a standard transnational id turn out to be as a result of shared ideological convictions or reviews of utmost violence? on the way to tackle those questions (and others), The Waffen-SS adopts an process that does justice to the complexity of the topic, including a extra nuanced, empirically sound realizing of collaboration in Europe in the course of global warfare II, whereas additionally trying to push the methodological barriers of the historiographical style of wrongdoer experiences by means of adopting a transnational approach.
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H. Beck, 2011); for other cases, see: Jochen Böhler, ‘Totentanz. ), Die Gestapo nach 1945: Karrieren—Konflikte—Konstruktionen (Darmstadt: WBG, 2009), 235–54. 16 Peter Paret, ‘The New Military History’, Parameters, 31 (1991), 10–11. 17 Mark Moyar, ‘The Current State of Military History’, The Historical Journal, 50 (2007), 225–40. 18 See, for example, Dave Grossman, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (Boston, MA: Little, Brown,1995) and Stathis Kalyvas, The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
52 Steffen Werther and Madeleine Hurd, ‘Go East, Old Man: The Ritual Spaces of SS Veterans’ Memory Work’, Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 6 (2014), 327–59; Efraim Zuroff, ‘Die EU schaut weg. Im Baltikum werden SS-Veteranen als Helden gefeiert’, Interview, Deutsche Wirtschafts-Nachrichten, 21 March 2015. 53 John-Paul Himka, ‘Legislating Historical Truth. Ukraine’s Laws of 9 April 2015’: http://net. net/node/3442 (accessed 30 June 2016). the tasks of the police in the occupied eastern territories cannot be implemented by the units of the police and SS currently and soon to be deployed there.
In certain parts of eastern Europe, notably in the Baltic States, in Poland, Ukraine, and the Balkans, individual former collaborators continued their resistance against Bolshevik rule in the form of underground movements. 47 In Greece, a particular case, former collaborators—now backed by US support against communist partisans—emerged victoriously from the bloody civil war that outlasted the Second World War. In the West, many SS networks outlived the war, while others were created anew, notably for the purposes of supporting imprisoned ex-SS men, of aiding (through contacts in the Vatican and the Red Cross) their escape to places like Spain, Ireland or the Americas,48 or for the preparation of a potential new war between ‘the West’ and the Soviet Union.